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1 July, 2015

Discounters grab market share while traditional retailers struggle

Progress remains slow for mainstream retailers while the discounters continue to grow, the latest UK supermarket data from Kantar Worldpanel has revealed. 

Police have involved UK abattoirs in the hunt for thieves who have stolen at least 480 lambs, ewes and rams in Somerset over a six-week period. 

Freeza Meats Ltd has been fined £42,500 after pleading guilty to 12 offences, including claiming products containing non-halal components were halal. 

Specialists from Norway and the USA are the latest to join a line-up of speakers at the 2015 Sheep Breeders Round Table.  

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Staff from Cranswick Country Foods set off on a 115-mile round bike ride to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 

A partnership between Scottish Q Guild butcher S Collins & Son and Irish celebrity chef Adrian Martin has helped raise awareness of healthy eating through a cookery roadshow. 

Direct Table Foods boosted pre-tax profit and sales in the past full financial year, helped by more stable raw material prices, according to accounts posted earlier this month at Companies House. 

Wireless food safety monitoring system, Hawk Safety, has been given Q Guild corporate membership.  

Processors willing to embrace the chilled convenience sector and create products that save time for consumers are likely to grow faster than those who focus only on primary meat products, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

A butcher’s shop in Wishaw is to start selling honey alongside its meat after it acquired four beehives, which sit next to the shop.

Lambs saw a strong week during the Royal Highland Show (15-21 June).

Quality is more important than price when it comes to choosing meat for a barbecue. This was one of the findings of a new survey by organic certification body The Soil Association about how consumers choose barbecue meat.

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Fourteen Brazilian states have been granted access to the US market for fresh beef (chilled or frozen), following a 15-year period of trade restrictions.

The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV) has welcomed the securing of trade promotion authority (TPA) by US President Barack Obama, which will allow him to negotiate trade deals and present the results to the US Congress for yes or no votes, without amendment.

While it will continue to be a major player on the global bovine market, the pace of growth in India could well be much lower than that experienced over the past five years, according to the latest report by Rabobank.

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